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Green Valley Book Fair open today through April 1

Green Valley Book Fair 4By Lynn R. Mitchell

It’s baaack. The Green Valley Book Fair, closed since December for their annual winter nap, reopens today for their 2015 season and will run through April 1. Located in Mt. Jackson, just off I-81 halfway between Staunton and Harrisonburg, the Book Fair draws thousands of book lovers from up and down the East Coast and is particularly popular with local residents.

Green Valley Book Fair 1The Green Valley Book Fair is a huge book warehouse outlet store that is open for two-week runs six times a year. They offer deep discounts on every book category imaginable including children’s, research, political, history, religion, cookbooks, and much more. We’re talking 500,000 books in hardcover and soft cover discounted 60-90% off retail, with the majority being discounted in the 66-75% off retail range.

I have stocked much of my political collection from the Book Fair.

Hours are Monday-Thursday 10am-5pm, Friday and Saturday 10am-6pm, and Sunday noon-5pm.For directions and more information check the Green Valley Book Fair website.


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October 2014 … 20 things to do in and around Staunton, Va.

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Historic Wharf District in downtown Staunton.

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Voted as one of America’s Top 20 Main Streets by Travel and Leisure magazine, the central Shenandoah Valley city of Staunton was also recently named one of the 20 Best Small Towns in America by Smithsonian magazine as well as Virginia Living magazine’s Best of 2012. Known as the Queen City, Staunton was founded in 1747 and was named for Lady Rebecca Staunton, wife of Virginia’s Governor William Gooch.

With views east toward the Blue Ridge Mountains and west toward the Appalachians, Staunton is an historic slice of Virginia that offers restored Victorian homes, cozy downtown shops, and small-town atmosphere. Patriotic holidays find her streets lined with American flags, and the always-popular Christmas parade takes place each year on Beverley Street, the main thoroughfare that is lined with restaurants, store fronts, the Dixie Theater, the city courthouse, and old-fashioned lamp posts.

There are many things to do during the leaf season that peaks in October so here are some places and events you may find interesting. Check back often … this list will be updated throughout the month. It’s autumn in western Virginia.

1. Trolleys
A great way to get around downtown, Staunton’s two trolleys are inexpensive, and pick up and discharge passengers at stops located throughout the city. More information can be found at the Staunton Visitors Center on New Street.

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